Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffins are a must in October. Simply a must. Just like  Starbucks’ spiced pumpkin latte or carving jack-o’-lanterns. And not only are these gluten-free, vegan and delicious, but they also make your house smell incredible. I’ve been wanting to make these for about a week, but I didn’t have the flour. So last night I finally sucked it up, shoved my homework aside and biked to the store. And these were definitely worth it.

This recipe is a gluten-free and vegan re-working of the pumpkin bread recipe in The Joy of Cooking. My mom and I experimented two years ago until we got it right. I published this recipe in the University of Oregon’s Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper, where I work as a copy editor (first byline in the paper! I am officially a published cook!)

Ingredients (Makes 12 large or 18 small muffins)

1 ¾ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/3 cup vegetable shortening

2 tablespoons flax seeds mixed with 6 tablespoons hot water

1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree

1/3 cup water

½ teaspoon vanilla


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Sift together the flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, shortening, and eggs or egg replacer.

4. Add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the water and vanilla.

5. Pour the mixed batter into a muffin pan lined with baking cups.

6. Bake about 40 minutes.


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Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Muffin, Season: Fall, Snack, Tea time


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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